That this movie didn't do better than it did at the box office is more an indictment on our culture at large than on the film itself. Genuinely funny as much as is appropriate for family, sans some the language , it portrays in a simple way a simple message: that, while change and growth are good things, they shouldn't come at the expense of being yourself. If I could have advised "Meg" played by the always-alluring Julie Bowen , I would tell her that she's right about the big fight between "Joe" and "Mark", but that she should try to understand <more>
that, as a guy, it's important for Joe to learn to fight and to at least show up. No, Joe didn't need to beat the snot out of Mark to be a good man--he already was one--but a guy can't back down from challenges. I think that Joe, by showing up and being ready to fight if needed, ended up handling it the best way he could have. And he got a very cute lady--as well as new sartorial skills--to boot!
A really excellent movie about not being afraid to stand up for yourself (by Catherine_Grace_Zeh)
JOE SOMEBODY, in my opinion, is a really excellent movie about not being afraid to stand up for yourself. When Mark Patrick Warburton hit Joe Tim Allen in the parking lot of their workplace while Natalie Hayden Panettiere looked on in terror from the car. However, when she tried to help him, I felt really happy. Also, when a thing between Meg Julie Bowen blossomed, I felt even happier. If you ask me, his ex-wife, Callie Kelly Lynch , was a very pretty lady. Her boyfriend, Rick, on the other hand, was absolutely positively, disgustingly annoying. Now, in conclusion, I highly recommend <more>
this really excellent movie about not being afraid to stand up for yourself to any Tim Allen fan who hasn't seen it. You're in for lots of laughter, so go to the video store, rent it or buy it, kick back with a friend, and watch it.
Contains all the successful elements for family movie (by deckergmillar)
This is an excellent family movie, if you have the disc you will want to watch it a second time in a day or two. It is worth having in your collection, you will want to go back to it time and time again.Tim Allen is lovable and does an excellent performance. Julie Bowen also excellent and lovable. The supporting actors and direction were superb.A great underdog movie turning top-dog with a couple scenes that were stretching the imagination. please excuse the cliché's they are unavoidable. To make this review submission-able I have to add this last line. I think it deserves a better <more>
Just what I needed on a rainy morning in upstate New York on a business trip. Light, witty semi-realistic family drama. It was great to see a bright, talented daughter help her bullied dopey dad. Fun twist on the whole "angst ridden ex" falling apart story. Tim Allen carries it off well. Great counterpart in the HR rep school adviser wanna be . It was fun to see a woman worker helping the man "basket-case" with his emotional problems. Super sub theme with daughter emerging from messed up kid to kid with a shot at a great life. It was amazing to see that great little <more>
actress help both her parents and emerge healthier for it. Tim Allen and his silliness provided delightful needed levity.
"Joe Somebody" stars Tim Allen in the title role of Joe Scheffer, a mild-mannered technician for a major pharmaceutical company. Though he is jokingly known around the office as the "A/V Guy", he still manages to keep his head up about it. He's basically a nerd, has no life, is lonely and his twelve year-old daughter, Natalie Hayden Panettiere , is his only true friend in the world. His life starts to take a turn for the better when he falls in love with Meg Harper Julie Bowen , a friendly coworker who is also the director of the company wellness program. But all of <more>
that fades on "Bring Your Daughter To Work Day" when he is slapped around the parking lot by Mark McKinney Patrick Warburton , who is the company bully. Joe, feeling humiliated for being beaten up in front of his daughter, vows revenge. So he begins taking Karate lessons from a washed-up martial arts star James Belushi to get ready for a rematch against McKinney. "Joe Somebody" basically has all of the qualities of some sort of kids movie, except it has adult characters. I think that it is really easy to connect with Joe because just about anyone could relate to his situation. I'm sure anyone at one time in their life has had to deal with a bully, though I'm not sure about what lengths a person would go to contend with the situation.I don't think you can call "Joe Somebody" a kids movie however, as it does have a lot profanity for a family film, but nothing too explicit is heard. This movie does have one important message: Fighting doesn't solve anything, despite what goes on in the film. 9/10
This film was a light-hearted comedy about a man who starts as a nobody and must find out how to become a somebody. While not the best film of this sort made, it is far from the worst. The acting is easy and fun and doesn't need to be taken totally seriously and Jim Belushi is great at the fighting instructor. I've been a fan of Tim Allen since his stand-up comedy days and while he hasn't been given a chance to make any really dynamite movies this one isn't as bad as some will tell you. Don't expect to go in and see a moving piece of drama or a hilarious slaptick comedy. <more>
This is light, feel-good entertainment that doesn't require a lot of thought, but doesn't preach to you either. It's something the family can enjoy and I think this is exactly what Tim Allen, Julie Bowen, Kelly Lunch and the entire crew involved were shooting for when they made this.
A shining example of life imitating school (by Jeff M.-3)
Boy likes girl. Girl shoots boy down. Boy weeps inside.Boy gets beat up by bigger boy. Boy's dignity is destroyed.Everyone else cheers for boy to beat up bigger boy.Sound familiar? It only happens in schools everywhere across thenation, and it happens in "Joe Somebody" too.Perhaps the most striking thing I saw in this is that no matter howold you are, life is going to be like what you went through at school.For example: *The repeated snipes at "the A/V guy" by Greg Germann. The useof that phrase was a nice way in a manner of speaking to showhow nerds get no respect. <more>
*Becoming popular by being willing to beat up someone whoeveryone else wants beat up. At the same time, even before thefight, it was about building self-confidence by those expecting youto do something. It's what would happen after you do or don't do itthat is left unanswered. *Crowding around the schoolyard to watch the fight. As with "theA/V guy" comment, the symbolism is something to consider.Coming from the ranks of nerds as I do, this movie had a lot forme. It occasionally came too close to home, but there wasenough humor to keep it at a safe distance. Overall, it was adecent movie, of course with a happy ending, which is more thancan be said for many people in real life. I think that may be themost unbelievable part of all, but this is Hollywood here. On the other hand, it can be seen as very pessimistic commentaryon life: If you're a loser, a nerd, stuck where you never expected tobe, you really don't have a way out unless something badhappens. Bullies may be punished, but the authorities can'trestore your dignity. And even when good things begin to happen,you must watch for ulterior motives. Joe didn't get promoted for hiswork, he got promoted so he wouldn't sue. Although suing maybe the 'civilized' thing to do, with the only fighting done by lawyers,that just seems stupid at times. And that is a lesson pessimistslike myself will find in this movie.And be sure to catch the side effects of those drugs you're taking.
Why didn't they promote this movie? And why did critics fail again? (by khouston86)
This is a solid, well-written, well-acted uplifting movie with a heroine Julie Bowen who is about as easy to fall in love with as they come. I just saw it on HBO ,and I predict it will have a long and successful run on television. It feels like one of those movies that people won't get tired of, and it has some memorable scenes. I don't know how many people saw it in theaters, but looking at the mere 49 reviews here, it couldn't have been many. Whether that is an indictment of our current American society or of the studio that failed to promote this nice piece of family <more>
entertainment is an interesting question. The major critics also almost universally missed this boat. Roger Ebert apparently thinks Allen worked for a marketing agency in the movie. No, Roger, it was a pharmaceuticals company, and the lead in Grand Canyon wasn't an accountant either, he was an immigration lawyer. Thanks for paying attention before influencing millions, though . In any case, if you want crude jokes and hate genuine feeling, intelligent writing, and dignified humor, well, there are plenty of movies out there for you. This ain't one of them, thank God . To answer one complaint here, there are at least a few memorable laugh-out loud jokes here and numerous moments that make you smile . For example, the encounter with the mannequin is funny. The conference call with Mckinney is funny. Frankly, many parts of the initial encounter with the bully are funny. But what really sets this movie apart is the authenticity--and characterization--of its characters, the feeling it inspires, and the performances by Bowen as Meg, the girl who plays Joe's daughter, and Allen himself. No, Joe isn't a stereotypical nerd, and maybe he doesn't even change that much, but in today's society, you don't have to be a nerd to get into unfortunate situations just look at the indifference and negativity toward a feel-good movie from the people we live with everyday . And change and unpredictability aren't required for a movie to be worthwhile. Make me feel good, make me laugh, make me smile, move me, honor values that are lasting and good. That will often do the trick just fine, and it does here.